Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel. She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets. This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in, tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries. This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy. Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah. Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran. Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.
John was so concerned about the early Church being deceived by false teachers that he repeated this warning later on in his letter…for he wrote in Chapter 3:7 of I John, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.” Any teaching that denies Jesus Christ is God incarnate…and any teaching that places any thing or person above Him is fraudulent. With cunning and wiliness false teachers will speak of a “type” of Jesus, but if you listen carefully, it’s a corrupt version and not the truth. So how can you know you’re not being lead down the path of destruction? Without the firm foundation of the truth of God found in the Bible, we can all be easily duped and mislead. Open the Bible…read the truth…allow it to formulate the basis of your belief system. For when you have the truth within…no one will be able to lead you astray.
Jesus warns us of people who will try to seduce us away from the truth. Pseudo-christs acknowledge Jesus…but then claim to actually be Him, while anti-Christs oppose the true Jesus Christ and His power. Both will amaze the multitudes with wonders…both come in sheep’s clothing to deceive the nations. But the very last phrase of this scripture gives all Christians confidence. “…to deceive the elect – if that were possible.” The elect are us…chosen by God, and we won’t be deceived, for with the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will be able to discern good from evil…a testing of the spirits if you will, to know deep down when something just doesn’t look or sound right.
Prophets are not self-appointed. A true prophet is called of God even before birth. Many times, when someone claims the title of prophet, it’s with their own agenda, not God’s. The Apostle Paul warned the leaders of the early Church to watch over the flock for false prophets who would draw the Believer astray with perverse things and distorted truth. (Acts 20:30)